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Mission Program Grants


Grants are provided to participants in the 1001 New Worshiping Communities. We provide comprehensive materials to help you get started, which you can find here.

The New Worshiping Communities Seed Grant provides $10,000 to help start a 1001 community and supports the first year of ministry.

After the first year, the ministry can apply for an additional $30,000 Investment Grant which supports the next 18 months, followed by the possibility of a $30,000 Growth Grant.

Both the Investment and Growth grant require dollar matching from a mid-council, congregation or in-kind support.

All new worshiping community leaders are still eligible to apply for a Health Insurance Grant, worth $3,000 per year—twice renewable. Also, the Board of Pensions offers grants to support the evangelism efforts of presbyteries planting churches and cultivating new ministries by funding the enrollment of organizing pastors and evangelists in benefits through Pastor’s Participation. Please follow this link for further information.

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Mission Program Grants also provides grants to presbyteries seeking continual congregational transformation— and the Sam & Helen R. Walton Award, given every March, to excellent new worshiping communities to help with capital expenses.

The Presbytery Grant for Congregational Transformation provides funding to Presbyteries that can help change congregations. Presbyteries may request a one-time grant of ordinarily up to $50,000.  The first year lump sum payment will be for up to $30,000 and assuming satisfactory progress has been made toward meeting stated goals; a second year lump sum payment of up to $20,000 will be disbursed.

Mission Program Grants Proposal Submission and Review Dates

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2023 Cut-off Date for Receipt of Proposals


2023 Review Date

February 3   March 9
March 17   April 26
May 2   June 14
June 20   July 19
July 25   August 23
August 29   October 4-5*

* Tentative Face-to-Face Mission Development Resources Committee Meeting

The Sam & Helen R. Walton Award Nominations need to be filed for each nominee and received in the Office of Mission Program Grants by February 3, 2023.  The 2023 Mission Development Resources Committee Review Date will be March 9th.

If you have questions about whether you qualify or about other funding opportunities, please contact:

Tim McCallister, Coordinator
Phone 800-728-7228, ext. 5230

Mary Oxford, Senior Administrative Assistant
Phone 800-728-7228, ext. 5251




The Sam and Helen R. Walton Award Nomination Form

In late December 1991, Sam and Helen R. Walton made a generous gift of $6 million through the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Foundation.  This gift included an endowment in the amount of $3 million, the earned interest to be used by new church developments that have placed an emphasis on site acquisition. The Mission Development Resources… Read more »

Manual of Administrative Operations

A guide for applying for Mission Program Grants. Looking for the grant applications? You can find information and links to applications for the Seed Grant, Investment Grant, Growth Grant, Health Insurance Grant, Sam and Helen R. Walton Award and the Presbytery Grant for Congregational Transformation all on the Mission Program Grants page.

New Worshiping Communities Growth Grant

At least eighteen months after receipt of an Investment Grant, a one-time Growth Grant of up to $30,000 is possible. Approval of a Growth Grant is conditioned upon significant progress being made toward meeting the goals and objectives as outlined in the Investment Grant proposal. A dollar-for-dollar match provided through presbytery and/or synod is ordinarily… Read more »
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